Teacher Roles In Student Protests: When Passivity Becomes Rhetorical Action

Teacher Roles in Student Protests: When Passivity Becomes Rhetorical Action       It’s spring break for my students and I in upstate New York, which means lots of snow, cancelled flights, undrivable roads and plenty of cancelled plans. It means there’s plenty of time for grading (and for procrastinating), and there’s plenty of time … Continue reading Teacher Roles In Student Protests: When Passivity Becomes Rhetorical Action

Writing Matters V (2018)- “Writing With Mirrors”

I spent Saturday writing and working with the Seven Valleys Writing Project and its members at Writing Matters V. This year's theme, Creating a Culture of Writers, was particularly attractive to me as I continue to pursue a career working within English and Writing departments within academia, and obviously as I prepare and construct pedagogies … Continue reading Writing Matters V (2018)- “Writing With Mirrors”

STAND UP!- THEORIZING THE ACTIVIST UNESSAY, PT. II

Part I of this post can be found here (I'd recommend starting there for a theoretical background on the issues discussed in this project). The UnEssays composed by CPN-100-03 can be found here. The assignment prompt I assigned is located here.          For concrete examples of the conclusions that can be drawn from this … Continue reading STAND UP!- THEORIZING THE ACTIVIST UNESSAY, PT. II

Stand Up!- Theorizing the Activist UnEssay, Pt. I

      A great deal of research in rhetoric, communication and composition in recent decades has attempted to bridge classrooms in higher education with deeper considerations of civic purpose, social activism and training for capable citizenship. However, these pushes toward community literacy and classroom advocacy have yet to fully consider the impact social web … Continue reading Stand Up!- Theorizing the Activist UnEssay, Pt. I

Writing With Mirrors: Reflecting On Goals and Choices in FYC

Here's a proposal I've prepared for a session at Writing Matters, a conference to be hosted at SUNY Cortland on March 18th 2018. *** Writing with Mirrors: Reflecting on Goals and Choices In FYC Jacob Richter       Student-writers benefit from sustained and deliberate reflection on not only the writing of professionals, but also … Continue reading Writing With Mirrors: Reflecting On Goals and Choices in FYC

Hacking the Curriculum: FYC, Critical Information Literacies and Social Web Environments

Hacking the Curriculum: FYC, Critical Information Literacies and Social Web Environments      Among the benefits of teaching writing at my current university institution is the freedom and flexibility it allots to its composition instructors. Next semester I’ll be teaching Writing Studies II, the second leg of the institution’s FYC sequence. Writing Studies II is … Continue reading Hacking the Curriculum: FYC, Critical Information Literacies and Social Web Environments

Probing Democracy: Gorgias, Public Rhetoric and the Electrate Polus

Despite a frustrating lack of any palpable challenge to Socrates' naive, limited essentialism, Plato's Gorgias is of undeniable interest to any rhetorician even beyond the explicit discussion of oratory and sophistry contained in its opening discussion. The dialogue is well known in composition and rhetoric for its inaugural debate in which Socrates utilizes his famed method … Continue reading Probing Democracy: Gorgias, Public Rhetoric and the Electrate Polus